Disney Movie Nights – they are just traditional. They usually involve pj’s, favorite snacks, blankets & stuffed friends. But, in changing times, there is a new concept of movie night…themed movie nights. I love this concept for so many reasons. It is more than just watching a movie. You can include themed activities, food, & decorations. Our whole family becomes involved. From planning, to decorating, to clean-up, it is a true example of teamwork & a great bonding experience.

nightmare before christmas

We always watch Nightmare Before Christmas around Halloween at our house.  We love the movie and the characters.  Hope you enjoy it as much as we do!!


  • Table Setting – use a black table cloth and add white plates, you can add a couple of Oreo cookies to the plate to represent Jack’s eyes and licorice to make his mouth. Keep the setting dark with black or purple napkins and add some pillar candles for a centerpiece and you’re all done.
  • Decorated Pumpkins – after the pumpkin decorating fun is all done be sure to display them proudly inside for the family to enjoy, then you can use them on the porch for the trick-or-treaters to enjoy on Halloween night.
  • Flying Zero – let Zero fly from the ceiling. You can make your own, check out the activities section.


  • Zero – make your own flying Zero to join in on the movie night fun! Here’s a great tutorial.
  • Pumpkin Decorating – there are lots of great Nightmare Before Christmas carving patterns online, find them using Google or your favorite search engine. For younger children let them decorate by gluing on eyes and noses you have cut out using construction paper.  For the older kids let them have a hand at carving their own – you can even save the seeds and toast them for a snack later.
  • Face Painting – face painting make up can be found easily this time of year. Paint faces with characters from the movie or make your little ones up to look like Jack, Sally or even Oogie Boogie!


  • Yummy Mummy Spinach Dip – Spinach dip is a family favorite and it’s even more fun when it’s a dressed up for movie night!
  • Oogie Boogies Guts and Sally’s Hair –  Oogie Boogie guts = gummy worms and bugs spilling out of a brown paper bag sewn together with black yarn.  Sally’s Hair = Twizzlers placed straight and neat on a white platter.
  • Mummy Pizza – mini pizzas (you can use English muffins for the crust) with strips of mozzarella cheese spread across the top to resemble mummy wrap (put these on after the pizza is out of the oven) and black olive eyes peeking out.
  • Banana Ghosts – cut a peeled banana in half and use chocolate chips for the eyes.
  • Dr. Finklestein’s Punch – use your favorite punch recipe and add a few drop of green food coloring.

Have a great time with this movie & let us know what you did to make your Adventure special! Have a movie suggestion for us? Leave a comment  Be sure to post any photos on our DDL FB Group !

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